The History of Paredon Records
by Theodore S. Gonzalves

[December 5, 2014]

6PM to 8PM

25 West 43rd Street, Room 1000
between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan

No Video Available Upon Request of Speaker


Dr. Theodore S. Gonzalves will discuss his next book project focusing on the history of a record label, Paredon Records, which released 50 albums of what is essentially (but all too often poorly categorized as) protest music, between 1970 and 1985. The label's founders were U.S. activists and artists who initially were inspired by the Cuban revolution's commitment to supporting the work of politically committed singer-songwriters from Latin America. Barbara Dane and Irwin Silber expanded that initial geographic focus to include LPs from Asia (the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Thailand), Africa (Angola), the middle east, and even radical songs and music from Europe (the UK, Ireland, and Greece) and the United States.

Dr. Gonzalves has had the chance to speak with many of the original performers from the label in interviews that have taken him to Barcelona, Rome, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Havana. It's no surprise that there's a direct link to the Asian American movement: Paredon Records was the label where A Grain of Sand was released.

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